Amazon to launch free Kindle library in UK
Amazon is to bring its Kindle Owners Lending Library to the UK later this month which will allow Kindle owners to borrow books for free.
The library will offer over 200,000 books including popular titles such as all seven Harry Potter books, Stephen Leather's 'The Basement' and M.C Beaton's 'Agatha Raisin' series. It will also include thousands of titles by independent authors via the retailer's Kindle Direct Publishing service.
Users will be able to borrow up to one book per month with no late fees. Books can be borrowed and read on all Kindle E Ink and Kindle Fire devices including the new Kindle Paperwhite e-reader which will be launched in the UK later this month.
Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com founder and CEO, said: "Owning a Kindle is getting even better. Today, we’re announcing that our newest Prime benefit, built just for Kindle, is coming to UK customers: The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.
"Prime members will have exclusive access to a huge library of books to read on any Kindle device at no additional cost and with no due dates. We’re already seeing the programme’s success in the US for both readers and authors—customers are reading more and authors are reaching a whole new audience while making money in a new way—and we’re excited to bring it to customers in the UK."
Amazon has admitted this week that it will not make a profit from sales of its latest Kindle tablet and e-reader devices. Bezos told the BBC: "We sell the hardware at our cost, so it is break-even on the hardware."
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